Eco-friendly gifts for Christmas: 25 present ideas for 2021

Buy one (or a few) of these eco-friendly gifts suggestions to make this your most ethical and environmentally friendly Christmas yet

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Need help finding eco-friendly gift ideas to give this Christmas? We're right behind you. If it's your top priority to ensure this Christmas is your most eco-friendly yet, then we can help when it comes to sourcing gifts. The best part? You needn't even leave your sofa as these planet-friendly gifts can be ordered online and sent straight to your doorstep.

We've narrowed down this gift guide by section – eco-friendly gifts for her, presents for him, stuff for the baby and gifts for everyone (else). You can shop by recipient or browse all gifts for some inspiration. In short: we've found everything from stocking fillers to main gifts and plenty of gifts under £20, for everyone including Mum, Nan, Dad, your brother and even for close friends or a Secret Santa.

Once you're done ticking names off your present list, here are some tips on how to host an eco-friendly Christmas this year.


The best eco-friendly gifts to give this Christmas

Eco-friendly gifts for Christmas – for her

NA-KD Short Organic Cotton Waffle Robe

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NA-KD Short Organic Cotton Waffle Robe

This waffled dressing gown is made of 100% organic cotton, from certified and sustainable materials. It's also made in a factory that participates in the NA-KD Environmental Performance Improvement Program. Organic cotton can be made using mostly rainwater, no toxins and more sustainable processes, and organic cotton cuts the water needed by up to 90 per cent. 

Anyone who loves to chill in their bathrobe on a slow morning will love this gift. It comes in three sizes and there is also a longer fit for those who are taller. 

This dressing gown comes in your choice of white, pink or brown. We love all of them! It'll need to be washed separately and line dried, just an FYI.

The Tartan Blanket Co. Recycled Wool Blanket in Rust & Camel Buffalo Check

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The Tartan Blanket Co. Recycled Wool Blanket in Rust & Camel Buffalo Check

This sustainable blanket is made using recycled wool, meaning that it has saved wool from landfills and turned it into a brand new blanket to throw over your sofa. There are plenty of styles to choose from and colourways available, so choose something to suit their taste – or their home decor style.

Anyone who loves to snuggle up or make their home look cosy will love this blanket. It's great for draping over a sofa, armchair or at the bottom of a bed.

These blankets are even machine washable, plus they come in three size choices to suit your budget and needs. 

Best eco-friendly candle for Christmas: Beefayre

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Beefayre Winter Berries Large Scented Candle

Beefayre candles are about as ethical and sustainable as can be: they're made using only natural wax, no paraffin or beeswax, and natural fragrances and essential oils if you're concerned about strong smells. And the packaging is made from recycled glass. And the company give part of their profits to bee conservation. 

An easy-going, sweet smell of berries that's perfect for winter, this home fragrance will delight just about anyone (unless you know they don't use any fragrance at home at all).

Browse our best candles guide for plenty more suggestions, from The White Company, Skandinavisk, Neom plus more.

recycled glass vases by LSA International

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LSA International recycled glass vases

A sophisticated and beautifully designed gift, the recycled glass vases by LSA International are sustainably made and have gorgeous, unusual shapes that will look great as part of a contemporary decorating scheme. 

This is the perfect gift for those who favour a more contemporary or minimalist decorating style. Having said that, the design is universal enough to also look good in period properties with a more eclectic style. 

LSA make several shapes in the recycled range, so you can mix and match, get the trio of mini vases, or get one larger one. There's also a terrarium, a planter, and a set of tumblers in the same range, all gorgeous.

Eco Friendly Products Gift Set

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ProjectEco21 Eco Friendly Products Gift Set

Every single thing in this wonderfully useful kit is made from high-quality, sustainable materials, from bamboo toothbrushes to reusable makeup removal pads to the zero-waste dental floss (our tried and loved favourite from this kit). 

Great for anyone who has expressed an interest in going plastic-free in their house, but finds searching for individual products that are sustainable exhausting (don't we all). If you think they're open to trying something new, they'll love it.

While we applaud the idea behind the reusable wooden case this gift set comes in, you might have to be a bit creative to make this gift look a bit more Christmassy, because the case is unpainted and looks a little bit plain. 

Tufted Tribal Handwoven Beige Rug

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Bloomsbury Market tribal rug

Unlike machine-woven rugs that use polypropylene and dyed wool, this rug is as natural as can be: it's handmade by skilled artisans in India from unbleached and undyed wool, which is better for the environment and your health. 

Homeware lovers will smile from ear to ear whilst opening this gorgeous rug. Anyone who's been after a cream, Moroccan-style rug – this one is even better.

This gorgeous Tribal rug by the Bloomsbury Market has been handwoven in India. Wool rugs are prone to being attacked by moths, so it will need regular vacuuming/cleaning.

Eco-friendly gifts for Christmas – for him

House of Marley Rebel Earbuds

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House of Marley Rebel Earbuds

The House of Marley Rebel Earbuds are sustainably made using bamboo and recycled plastics. This means that their creation process is carbon positive – winning!

Anyone who likes to listen to their music on the go – whether when they are commuting or going for a walk around the park – will love these headphones. Plus. they are even wireless with an eight hour battery life.

These headphones are sweat-proof and water resistant meaning that they are great for using whilst working out. They even boast noise cancelling technology to reduce background noises whether you are in a busy office or on a plane or train. Plus, they come with a sustainable case for storing and charging. 

Whiskey Stones & World’s First Eco-Crystal Glass Gift Set

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Whiskey Stones & World’s First Eco-Crystal Glass Gift Set

This is the perfect gift for any eco-lover, since it is the first eco-crystal glass produced sustainably – and it comes in a gift set. It arrives inside an elegant gold box and includes six solid granite stones, plus a stand for your rocks to live inside when they're not in use. The brand behind this gift set produce crystal glass inside an emission-free facility that uses renewable energy. Plus, these glasses are 100 per cent recyclable.

Any whisky lover will enjoy this gift for years to come.

Vintage Child 'Stanley' Eco Friendly Zip Top Leather Wash Bag Tan

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Vintage Child 'Stanley' Eco Friendly Zip Top Leather Wash Bag Tan

Made from off-cuts of leather, this sustainable gift ought to provide a safe place for him to store his toiletries. Yes, it's made of leather, but rest assured that this lovely wash bag is made only from the 800,000 tonnes of leather that ends up on the cutting room floor each year. 

He'll get good use out of this bag on staycations and holidays, and perhaps even for everyday use for storing his toiletries where he can easily find them.

It comes with a wrist strap and inner pocket, plus you can personalise it with their initials. The best part? 50 per cent of profits from each sale will be donated to conservation charities such as Surfers Against Sewage, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth and Sumatran Orangutan Society.

Personalised Etched Eco Friendly Reusable Coffee Cup

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Novello Personalised Etched Eco Friendly Reusable Coffee Cup

Help him reduce his single-use plastic waste with this reusable coffee cup. It's made of natural fibres and is eco-friendly by nature – having one of these reduces the need for a coffee cup when visiting your closest Pret or Starbucks.

Any tea or coffee drinker would love this eco gift – it's not just for him!

You can personalise this cup with a name or initials, and it comes in four colours.

mahabis alto boots in grey

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mahabis alto boots

Treat them to a pair of these eco-friendly slippers this Christmas, and thank us later. They're comfortable and eco-conscious with a recycled wool upper that would've otherwise ended up in landfill. The lining of these slippers is crafted from EcoCert™️ organic Italian wool, and the sole is sustainably sourced and made from natural Pura-Latex™ rubber.

These slippers are made for both men and women, and they come in a range of colours and designs so that you can choose wisely – and dependant on the recipient. 

Eco-friendly gifts for Christmas – for kids

Pops and Dudes Eco Friendly Stacking Cups

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Pops and Dudes Eco Friendly Stacking Cups

These Danish stacking cups are 100% free from BPA, PVC and phthalates. This makes them safe for children to use – and inevitably chew – and they are kind to the environment whilst being fun.

This eco-friendly gift is designed for children – specifically, toddlers. They can use these stacking cups can be used anywhere from in the garden or even in the bathtub. They will help them develop their organizational and motor skills, whilst they will encourage them to be independent, too.

These stacking cups differ in size so that they can be stored inside one another with ease. Plus, they come in four colourways – petal, forest, original and retro. Just wipe them clean when they get dirty.

Wild and Wolf developmental bear

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Wild and Wolf Petit Collage Organic Baby Developmental Soft Toy Bear

It's made from organic cotton and filled with polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. And it comes in simple paper packaging.

New parents will love unwrapping this eco-friendly gift – and seeing their little one play with it. This super-cute toy is sustainably made, and babies love it.

The heart vibrates when pulled, which adds to the sensory stimulation this lovely toy provides. Its only drawback is that it can't be machine washed – only spot cleaning is recommended. 

Pursuit of Adventure Eco Friendly Kids Chalkboard Sword And Shield

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Pursuit of Adventure Eco Friendly Kids Chalkboard Sword And Shield

Both kids and the planet will love this eco gift from small business Pursuit of Adventure. This gift comes with a chalkboard sword and shield, both of which are made from 2mm birch ply and chalk board material that's both durable and naturally biodegradable. 

Suitable for children aged two or more, this gift can even be personalised by them with chalk – to put their stamp on their shield. 

Precious Little Bum Baby's Personalised Eco Friendly T Shirt

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Precious Little Bum Baby's Personalised Eco Friendly T Shirt

How cute is this personalised t-shirt for baby? It's made from 100 per cent airlume combined ring-spun cotton, so as to be kind on their skin – and to the planet. Personalise this top with their name or initials to make this gift even more special.

Suitable in sizes from three to six months up to 14 years old, these t-shirts come in four colour choices and they are designed and printed to order. They're washable at 40° but they're not tumble-dryer friendly.

Eco-friendly gifts for Christmas – for everyone

Own Grown Store Seeds Advent Calendar 2021

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Own Grown Store Seeds Advent Calendar 2021

Packaged to be plastic-free and FSC-certified, this eco-friendly advent calendar is filled with everything you need to add to your fruit, veg and herb garden. Plus, these seeds are low-waste with just the packet to dispose of, and they are lovingly packaged by hand in a workshop for people with disabilities.

Anyone who loves gardening – and counting down to Christmas – will appreciate this gift. Get this for someone to kick off December in style.

This kit comes with pegs and a jute string so that you can hang each bag from the string and open it as the days of December go by. Each packet is numbered.

Brabantia Regrow Kit

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Brabantia Regrow Kit

This handy tool makes getting the most out of your vegetables and fruits an easy task. You can re-grow anything from baby gem lettuce to avocados, garlic and even spring onions, all inside your kitchen from your windowsill.

Anyone with a penchant for food – or for the environment – will love this gift. This handy gadget is great for anyone who is striving to make their own veg – but with little space to do so. Think flat owners or those with just a patio. Kids will love watching them grow, too!

You'll get two growing kits included, one for larger veg, the other for smaller. They're really easy to use and the floating rings ensure they always sit at the right water level

Pact coffee

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Pact Coffee subscription

While Pact Coffee isn't certified organic, we like their philosophy: pay coffee growers more so that they have the time and resources to produce higher-quality coffee. Unlike mainstream brands, Pact invests in speciality coffee, which is produced under better conditions both for the environment and the worker.

This is a great gift idea for your friends/family who are coffee addicts. They will love not having to remember to get coffee, having it delivered to their door at the frequency they choose. Pact Coffee will wow coffee lovers with the quality of their beans – and with their Fairtrade credentials

Pact subscriptions include Nespresso-compatible pods as well as bags of ground coffee.

Don't miss our expert guide on the best coffee machines – for them to use with their new (and very tasty) coffee.

Sprout Graphite Plantable Pencils

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Sprout Graphite Plantable Pencils

These pencils are plantable after use – inside lives bee-friendly seeds and herbs to attract bees to your garden. These pencils are zero-waste and made of certified wood.

Anyone who uses pencils – including kids and adults. Or maybe even someone who likes to draw.

Five pencils come in one pack. They are engraved with quotes to make them look nice, too.

sustainable home book from amazon

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Sustainable Home book by Christine Liu

While the sustainability of printed books is debatable, the fact that this book is about living more sustainably in other ways compensates, in our opinion. Practical and helpful, this book is full of handy everyday tips for reducing your carbon footprint, eating more sustainably, and going plastic-free. 

Know someone who's keen to be more earth-conscious in 2021? Inspire them to make positive life changes with this handy and pretty practical book. This book makes a great gift for anyone interested in living sustainably, but it's especially suitable for people who generally like to read.

GreenPan Venice Pro Extra Ceramic Non-Stick Frying

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GreenPan Venice Pro Extra Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan

This PFAS-free pan doesn’t contain any harmful toxic chemicals. It's made using natural materials such as sand, plus the non-stick is enhanced with diamonds for extra durability and scratch resistance.

Anyone who loves to cook will appreciate this pan! This handy frying pan comes in a range of sizes from 20cm diameter to 30cm diameter. So, whether you cook for two or six, this pan is fab.

It has stainless steel handles for easy use and the pan heats up fast. It's also oven-safe up to 260ºC.

Read our best non-stick frying pans guide for more top recommendations – tried and tested by us.

Indoor Herb Gardens in Rustic Jars

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Indoor Herb Garden in Rustic Jars

The seller has made a commendable effort to eliminate all plastic packaging (even bubble wrap), and the jars are reusable as storage (or another herb garden next year). The seeds are UK-sourced, which is both sustainable and produces better results when growing. 

Anyone who loves using fresh herbs in cooking will appreciate this well-thought-through indoor herb garden kit. The rustic jars are so cute – and you can choose a different number of jars, between three and six. Herbs are easy to grow, and with everything you need included in the kit, this git is suitable even for complete beginners.

The only downside is that this doesn't come with a grow lamp – you/they will need to get one separately. 

Ocean Bottle in orange

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Ocean Bottle

This bottle should reduce the amount of single-waste plastic your giftee uses. It's made from recycled materials, too.

Anyone can enjoy this eco-friendly gift! We all need to drink water, end the end of the day. This is handy for use whilst at home, in the office or even to take on a walk.

This bottle is 500ml in size and it's dishwasher safe. You can choose from six colours, too. With a double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel and recycled content. It can keep drinks hot or cold.

Flower Bee Balls

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Flower Bee Balls

These seed balls give back to the environment whilst being waste-free. Just throw them or plant them where you want wildflowers to grow, and they will attract bees and more.

Anyone who loves gardening will appreciate this gift. Or anyone who wants to save the bees!

These seed balls come inside a jute bag, and they make a great stocking filler – or even wedding favour. Plus, a portion of all sales will be donated to the Cool Earth Foundation to help protect indigenous tribes and Rainforests around the World.

OTTY Supima Cotton Duvet Cover & Pillow Case Set

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OTTY Supima Cotton Duvet Cover & Pillow Case Set

This bedding set is made of Supima cotton, which is one of the least environmentally impactful forms of cotton. Plus, it's very high-quality meaning that this bedding set should last you for years and years of use.

A gift for the adults – perhaps Mum or Dad? Though it does come in a single size, too, it's a tad expensive. We think this would make a lovely gift for a child who has recently flown the nest – or even your parents who love a good dose.

It's super breathable and it boasts a 400 thread count. When we say that this is soft, we truly mean it (we've slept on it and can confirm it's the epitome of luxury). It even comes with a one-year guarantee.

Visit our best bedding guide for more luxury bedding options.

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie joined the Real Homes team in 2018 as our Deals Editor. Now, as our Deputy Ecommerce Editor, she spends her time writing about everything that you need to add to your shopping cart. Whether that be a stylish and functional kitchen bin, luxury towels to give your bathroom a new lease of life or a brilliant mop for keeping your floors sparkling clean. Otherwise, you can find her constantly rearranging the furniture in her space-savvy London flat, searching for sustainable buys, or going on walks with her pug. Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...

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